Native to South America, passion fruit is an evergreen climbing vine that uses tendrils to gain support. Its fruit is round or oval-shaped and ranges in color from purple to light yellow.
Passion fruit has a sweet, pulpy-textured flesh that can be eaten raw. The seeds are edible as well. The average passion fruit is similar in size to a large egg, although it occasionally grows much larger. Passion fruit can be strained into juice or used to make an intense sauce that is drizzled over seafood or pork. It is also used in the creation of fruit salads, ice cream, preserves, pies and other desserts.
Passion fruit is ripe when its skin is wrinkled. Also, purple passion fruit is free of any trace of green when it is ripe.